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Subject: Happiness is Jamming!
It's years before Happiness is Drumming was recorded and Mickey wasn't even on the scene, but during the "Jam" (at 16:00 on SHN ID 27779) there's more than a hint of Fire on the Mountain.
Subject: What Memories!
3 buddies and I drove to Watkins Glen Friday afternoon in a 1963 Econoline van to beat the crowd for the Saturday jam! We spent hours driving the last 3 miles. Camped out that Friday night, we suddenly heard The Dead playing unexpectedly! The soundcheck turned into an impromptu concert that night! Fantastic recording, it spans 37 years for me since the Summer Jam. I was 19 and immortal then. My how time flies!
Subject: Blown Away...
Great sound as always from Mr. Miller. Amazing quality. What I wouldn't give to have been there to see Jam>Wharf Rat. One of the finest Dead Jams I've ever heard, up there with 6/28/74. Phil is absolutely insane! This jam definitely prepared the boys for Mountain Jam the next night. The Dead may have been alot looser jamming-wise than the Allmans (a good thing), but this proves they could be every bit as tight when they felt like it, and at the same time blow your freaking mind. Get this now!
Subject: 5 for set II perf. and sound
the jam is so fun -- around the 13 minute mark Keith taps into his electric and they jam the next four minutes or so as if riding upon the back of a flying fire-breathing dragon.
Subject: Thanks for the upgrade!!!
Much better sounding than the previous sources. Same cut in Half-Step but thats O.K. Like the other reviewers said previously Bird Song and the Jam > Wharf Rat are the highlights.
Despite this being only a sound check, this still remains a short glimpse into what the Dead were capable of when they were in their prime...
Subject: Watkin's Glen
Nice upgrade here on the legendary Soundcheck.
Give it a listen and compare for yourself.